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FIN385 Research Skills Guide: Use Library Databases

Why Should You Use Library Databases?

Library databases:

  • Are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments
  • help you locate peer reviewed articles
  • Are subject specific, so that you get more relevant results
  • Have many options for refining results

You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Business databases will be particularly useful for your study.

Journal articles and library databases

Activity

Go to the Business Source Complete database, and try typing in some keywords from your topic analysis (you may need to sign in first with your CSU username and password).

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search?  Being a business database (which includes accounting, economics and finance), they should be more relevant to your topic.
  • Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.
  • If you cannot find the full text click on the Find it at CSU button to check if the article is available elsewhere.

Find Peer reviewed articles

Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:

  • accurate
  • well-researched
  • contributing to the body of knowledge in the field

To find peer reviewed articles:

  • Select to show only peer reviewed journals in Primo Search
  • Limit to peer reviewed or scholarly journals in journal databases

However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.

Want to learn more about library databases?

  • The Library holds a series of Online Library Workshops, some of these focus on database searching. 
  • We also have a Databases Help guide that contains a wealth of information on using databases.